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Shopping and fashion news, events and more (Aug. 3) 

Canvassed Apparel Hosts Charity Event: The T-shirt is a classic staple of any person's wardrobe, whether he or she wants to admit it or not. Many use it as a means of bumming at home, but two local dudes saw the T-shirt for what it could be: a canvas to display artwork. And we're not talking just any old splatter of color. Rather, Todd Clark and Quint Noble started their own company, Canvassed Apparel, in 2009 to create a product that would appeal to the culture of board sports. This being, people who are passionate about surfing, snowboarding, wakeboarding and skateboarding.

In browsing the T-shirt designs available on Canvassed Apparel's website (www.canvassedapparel.com), a person who is not embedded in the extreme sports scene might not understand the references of some of the images. "We definitely try to appeal more to the core and ground level instead of appealing to someone who may watch a skate video now and then," Clark says. "Every shirt we have has some type of story behind it or inside joke or inspiration for it."

For example, one shirt has the text "Right Coast" printed on one side of a silhouetted image of the East Coast of the U.S., suggesting the age-old "West Coast versus East Coast" beef. Clark explains: "East Coast snowboarders always say how spoiled West Coast snowboarders are because they have the best snow. East Coast snowboarders pride themselves on making do with what they have. It turns so many more heads because of the fact they grew up on small mountains, and they made do with the shorter seasons and the weather. It's a constant battle between bragging rights."

If you're interested in checking out Canvassed Apparel's line, your opportunity comes Aug. 6 when they host a charity event at Dilworth Neighborhood Grille (911 E. Morehead St. Suite 200). Sponsored in part by vitaminwater, all proceeds from the $10 cover, product raffles and excess sponsorship fees will be donated to Hands On Charlotte. Philadelphia group GroundUp will be providing the entertainment, and doors open at 8 p.m.

"A big part of our philosophy is our philanthropy of social responsibility," Clark says. "We want to be that company that gives back to the community because the community is what makes you."

Advance tickets can be purchased at 0x000Awww.canvassedapparel.com for $10 or $13 at the door.

— Kimberly Lawson

TFC brings Back The beautiful People event: The Beautiful People ... Part Deux is the second annual fashion event produced by The Family Conglomerate (TFC), and this year it's going to be bigger and better. On Thursday, Aug. 11 at 6 p.m., all of the Queen City's beautiful and fashionable people will come together at Georges Brasserie in South Park (4620 Piedmont Row Drive) to show off their treasure chest of all thing sparkling. This event is all about glitz and glamour, so crack open your jewelry box and pile it on. The night will include a fashion show of looks from Flow by Tara Davis and Lotus boutique paired with jewelry by Queen Cleopatra and Bella Originals. The styling creations of Lavish Hair Spa and M2 Salon will complete the looks, and don't miss the fabulous shoes designed by Joey Hewell of J Studio. Attendees of the event will enjoy a jeweled nail bar sponsored by Siditty Kitty Nail Boutique, a sparkly lip gloss bar featuring the iMpact Cosmetic creations by Stanley Owings, hand and foot massages by Euphoric Conceptz LLC, and an oyster and pearl dig, where a portion of the proceeds will be donated to The Red Pump Project-Charlotte. Tickets are $20-$40 and can be purchased at thebeautifulpeople.eventbrite.com.

— T. Strong

N.C. Sales Tax holiday: Shopping is a favorite pastime for most, including myself, but this weekend will be an especially great time to do it. Tax-free weekend in North Carolina begins on Friday, Aug. 5 and runs through Sunday, Aug. 7. If you're shopping for the kids for back-to-school, or if you're simply looking to rack up on fall fashions, here's your opportunity. Shops all over the Q.C. will be hosting special sales: 10 percent off selected items at Lotus boutique and the continuation of The Pink Hanger's summer clearance sale, to name a couple. Be sure to check out these and all of your other neighborhood favorites. Even the big department stores like Macy's, Belk, Khol's and Old Navy all have their regular in-store sales combined with tax-free purchases on clothing, footwear and school supplies less than $100 per item. Don't forget, computers under $3,500 will be exempt from taxes as well, so for all the fashionistas who might need to upgrade their online shopping devices, seize the moment. For more information and a list of tax-free items, log on to www.ncrma.org.

— T. Strong

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